2019 Mid Year Conference

2019 Mid-Year Conference Speakers

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The MAG thanks all of our Mid-Year Conference Speakers

Important Deadlines

January 16th: Speaker Bios and Headshots due 

January 16th: Special A/V requests due to MAG Staff

January 18th: Deadline for speakers to register 

January 28th: Hotel Discounted Rate Ends 

February 7th: PPTs due to MAG staff 

February 8th: Early Bird Registration Deadline

February 13th: Handouts for any session are due to MAG staff 

Questions? Please contact MAG Staff, Kari Hartley or via phone at #1-479-685-2740

Registration & Speaker Agreement Form

Step 1: Speaker Registration
Select the speaker registration box that applies to the session you are presenting.
MERCHANT SPEAKERS If you are a merchant and are speaking in a Hot Topic Session, Education Session or Merchant Only Sessions- Register Here.
SPONSOR SPEAKERS If you are a sponsor and are speaking in a Hot Topic Session, Education Session or General Session- Register Here.
SPONSOR BREAKOUT SESSION SPEAKERS If you are a sponsor and are presenting a Breakout Session- Register Here
*Must be logged in to register. If you don't have a log in, please contact the MAG staff. 
 SPEAKER - OTHER  If you are neither a sponsor nor a member and are speaking in a Hot Topic Session, Education Session or General Session- Register Here.
Step 2: Speaker Form (includes upload for bio/photo and speaker agreement)
Please complete the speaker agreement form and provide your brief bio and head-shot for the MAG Staff. Please submit a high resolution photo for printing quality. 


  • Speakers do not receive compensation or expense reimbursement. It is a member and sponsor benefit to present at the MAG. 

  • If you are unsure if you are a Sponsor Breakout Session speaker or General Session speaker, contact Kari Hartley with the MAG. 
  • Hotel

    • We encourage speakers to book early. Additional information about the conference hotel and transportation options can be found on our 2019 Mid-Year Conference hotel page
    • Speakers are responsible for making their own hotel arrangements at the official conference hotel, the Marriott Harbor Beach.
    • Unless otherwise agreed to in writing, the MAG does not reimburse speakers for lodging. The MAG negotiates a reduced rate for all conference attendees.  

    Audio Visual

    General Session Room & Wednesday Merchant Only Rooms include the following A/V:
    •  LCD projector for PowerPoint presentations
    •  Projection screen
    •  Podium microphone
    •  Lavaliere(s) microphone
    •  Window’s Based Computer
    •  Wireless clicker
    •  Handheld microphones for Q&A
    •  Confidence Monitor
    •  Speakers
    •  Countdown Timer

    Education Session Rooms include the following A/V:
    •  LCD  projector for PowerPoint presentations
    •  Projection screen
    •  Podium microphone
    •  Lavaliere(s) microphone
    •  Window’s Based Computer
    •  Wireless clicker
    •  Handheld microphones for Q&A
    •  Confidence Monitor
    •  Speakers

    Hot Topic Session Rooms include the following A/V:
    •  LCD  projector for PowerPoint presentations
    •  Projection screen
    •  Podium microphone
    •  Lavaliere(s) microphone
    •  Window’s Based Computer
    •  Wireless clicker
    •  Handheld microphones for Q&A
    •  Speakers

    Sponsor Breakout Session Rooms include the following A/V:
    •  LCD  projector for PowerPoint presentations
    •  Projection screen
    •  Podium microphone
    •  Two Lavaliere(s) microphone
    •  Window’s Based Laptop
    •  Wireless clicker
    •  Countdown Timer
    •  Speakers 

    PowerPoint Presentation Guidelines and Requirements

    Submission Deadline: February 7th

    PPT Template

    • PowerPoints should use a 16:9 format 
    • Speakers are encouraged to use the presentation template provided by the MAG.
    • Download the 2019 Mid-Year Conference PPT Template
    • Make sure the first slide of the presentation includes the title of the presentation and names of the presenters.
    • Your company logo may be inserted only on the Introduction page of the presentation
    • Commercial logos and marketing messages are prohibited in presentations. Please be sure there are no product details or business pitches.

    VIDEO: If presentation includes video, it must be embedded into the presentation, meaning the video “lives” inside the presentation. Please make sure the presentation and video have been tested and both work fine. Presenters using video are required to notify the MAG staff by January 16, 2019 with special AV needs.

    We encourage all speakers to bring a back-up of their presentation on an USB flash drive/memory stick. All videos should be an .avi or .mpg (not .mov) format so they run properly.

    Tips and Tricks for presentation:

    • Have no more than six lines of text per slide and not more than six words per line.
    • Replace words with images wherever possible.
    • Graphics are easier to read than tables of information.
    • Use light type and graphics on a dark background. 
    • Don’t use borders or frame lines in your projected image. 

    MAG retains control over the presentation of sessions, topics, and materials, and all session materials are the property of MAG.​​

     

    Handouts

    Presenters wishing to provide handouts should contact the MAG to make arrangements by February 13th. All handouts will need to be approved by MAG Staff. 

    Speaker General Information

    Attire 
    The conference dress code is business-casual. When planning your outfit please be aware that speakers may wear a tie and jacket, and that some stage sets include a panel table with a drape and others are just chairs without anything between the speakers and the audience.  

    Consent of photographic/video images 
    Registration and attendance at, or participation in, MAG meetings and other events constitutes an agreement by the registrant to MAG's use and distribution (both now and in the future) of the registrant or attendee’s image or voice in photographs, videotapes, electronic reproductions, and audiotapes of such events and activities. 

    Cancellations/Changes

    If for any reason you are unable to present, the MAG must be informed of all cancellations or changes immediately up to the time of your presentation. Please notify the MAG as soon as possible.  


    QUESTIONS? Please contact Kari Hartley or via phone #1-479-685-2740